Last Monday, when there were no NBA Playoff games broadcasting opposite Raw, WWE got a break.
The ratings gods, however, weren't kind to them last night (May 22). Many viewers tuned in to watch LeBron Jame
the Los Angeles Lakers either get swept or attempt an unprecedented comeback against the Denver Nuggets during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Raw.
It turned out to be the former, but King James and company at least kept the game close. More than eight million ,
people watched ESPN's coverage of the Lakers' season finale, which had a 2.83 rating among those aged 18 to 49.
For the most of its length, Raw competed head-to-head with that, averaging 1,638,000 viewers and a.54 rating in the key demo.
That represents a 4.5% weekly loss in viewers, with a 7% decrease among viewers aged 18 to 49. With the top four cable originals all focusing on the basketball game
Raw came in fifth place. The only hockey playoff game that night, a nail-biting 1-0 victory for Florida over Carolina, came in second place to WWE with 1.54 million viewers and a demo rating of.48.